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Product Details

  • Turtleback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: HOW Books; 1 edition (April 12 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581802366
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581802368
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 11.9 x 2.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 417 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #174,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Jim Krause has worked as a designer in the Pacific Northwest since the 1980s. He has produced award-winning work for clients large and small, including Microsoft, McDonald's, Washington Apples, Bell Helicopter, Paccar/Kenworth, Northern Trust and Seattle Public Schools. He lives in Bellingham, Washington.


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This book provides a designer with a fabulous resource for generating color schemes/combinations quickly and easily. In that respect, it inspires.
However, the author provides recipes (CMYK and RGB values) "checked for accuracy", never stating on what media those values may be valid. He then excuses himself by saying that "the potential for error exists". The implication that a set of CMYK values is in any way "accurate" beyond the inks and papers used for this particular publication is so, eh, mid-1990s. A true, but technically more challenging statement of the color values should have been made with device independent Lab values. Then anyone with Adobe Photoshop, for example, could reproduce the samples on his or her own media. This is, in fact, what Pantone does.
And aspiring web designers beware! The author clearly has little but old and second-hand knowledge of the facts of color on the web. He describes the anachronistic "browser safe" colors as if most computer users still had old 8-bit (256 color) monitors, and as if there was ever color consistency across them. In those bad old days we fought dithering (the "speckles") in solid fills by choosing from amongst the 216 colors Macs and PC monitors had in common.
Those days, except for some dusty intranets here and there, are gone. deceased. expired. However, neither then nor now could we count on consistency on our viewers' monitors--unless we can strongarm our audience into calibrating and profiling them.
These particular rants aside (the writer sighs benignly), the color examples are truly wonderful, useful, and inspiring.
In short, fabulous for samples, but not for accuracy of data.
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I'll admit it. I'm not the best person to set up a colour pallette, so I've found this book to be very useful. It is well organized, espeically with all the swatches printed to the edge of the page for easy reference. As it boasts, it works well for both print and web, and for helping to color manage your monitor. I can't say I'm a fan of the graphics Krause uses as his examples, but that isn't the focal point of the book.
The back cover reads: 'An abundance of creativity--at a glance' and I think it is safe to agree with that statement. It sure is one quick reference book; no frills to divert the task at hand...picking the right #@!* colour!
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This book is awesome! Finished the whole volume in just one day and had a beautiful splash screen done within minutes! I recommend this to any one involved in graphic design. My only gripe is that the colors on palettes for each chapters were not labeled with the corresponding CMYK and RGB values to allow the reader to pick colors while of course applying the color theories discussed, e.g., analogous, split complementary, triad, etc. I had to compare the colors of the palettes from the color swatches to get the color values. I could have rated this book five (5) stars if only the colors from the palettes were labeled.
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By A Customer on April 26 2002
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This book has just the right size and cover, it makes a statement that less is more, just by looking at the size...inside you find so many triggers for your imagination and it is very true that you can not help but smile when you read it! However I do not have any other color book to compare with, but I can say allready that this is the only one that I need.
I think his initiative to have cut out masks (1 black, 1 white) at the end, used to separate the colors is really excellent as well!
Except for showing RGB, CMYK and HEX values it has a great little example on how to use colored backgrounds that complement a photo or illustration. At least I find it very useful to be reminded of that every now and then!
For it is well-known that engaging the reader, student in the process of learning is indeed the best way to keep focus on what is going on - shows the authors insight in psychology as well.
In addition to saying the book's size is great I have to say that the prize is great too..
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Tasteful use of color can make or break a web or print design, and this book is an invaluable tool in that endeavor. At first glance it might seem overpriced for nothing but a collection of color combinations, but you'll find yourself turning to it again and again for inspiration.
The color schemes are organized by category ("Quiet", "Natural", "Restrained Chic", etc.), and each is presented in three different ways - as a set of plain vertical bars, as a homogenous pattern, and used in a simple iconic design. Throughout the book are brief passages on different color techniques ("Unexpected Color", "Muting", etc.), which help stimulate brainstorming and experimentation.
The book is well-made, too - it's printed on sturdy paper, conveniently sized, and thoughtfully bound in a waterproof vinyl cover. Stick it in your pocket or backpack and take it anywhere.
A great practical purchase (or gift!) for any graphic designer.
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I have more reference books on design than, well... more than I care to count. These include a number on color - but most guides are really fixated on Pantone - which is odd considering that 4-color work is more common.
This book is always by my side. Its schemes are fantastic in cmyk, rbg and websafe. Its categories are much better than most of the color guides I've seen (and bought).
What's more - its size and sturdy plastic covers are great - and unlike almost every other design reference book I own - THE BINDING IS SEWN - so THE PAGES WON'T FALL OUT. There is nothing more infuriating than a good reference that falls apart before it even gets a good try. Everyone else who reviewed this book mentioned its many other fine points. But I have to add this one, particularly after the glue on one of my Robin William's books melted on a first read. This BOOK IS VIRTUALLY INDESTRUCTIBLE. Worth every penny!
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